I don't know about you, but lunch at my house can sometimes be a little frustrating. While I'm craving something full of flavour (like a chicken vegetable wrap with lots of sauce and spices), my girls are screaming for the mildest food available on earth (like macaroni & cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches). I've been experimenting with different ideas for lunch that can please both my more mature palate and the girls' milder palate without lots of work on my end. The following recipe has been a huge hit at our house – I whip up a quick batch of amazingly good homemade bruschetta, and then make a simple dish for them and a simple lunch for me with most of the same ingredients. It's so easy and tasty!
In this recipe, I've used juicy, meaty California Tomato Farmers' Field Tomatoes. These guys are so good that my 20-month-old snuck a tomato from the box when I wasn't looking and started eating it like an apple. It's no wonder these tomatoes are so tasty right out of the box - California provides just the right environment for tomato growth with warm days and cool nights to produce a meaty tomato that's full of flavour. California Tomato Farmers' tomatoes are available here in Canada from May to November. Ready for a simple lunch recipe that's perfect two ways?
Homemade Bruschetta on Flatbread: Two Family-Friendly Ways
- 2 large California Tomato Farmers' field-grown tomatoes, chopped into small squares
- 1 clove fresh garlic, chopped
- ½ cup fresh, chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- naan bread or tortillas
- grated parmesan cheese
- grated mozzarella cheese
- pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
- chopped rotisserie chicken
- ranch dressing or tzatziki sauce
First, make a small bowl of bruschetta by mixing the tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and salt & pepper together. The great thing about bruschetta is that it can be stored for a day or two and the flavour marinates and gets even better! To make the bruschetta pizza for kids: Spread some pizza/spaghetti sauce on your flatbread and top with a layer of bruschetta. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. (You could also add some chopped chicken if desired.) Broil on the top rack of your oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Cut, cool and serve! Chopped up into toddler-sized bites, this makes a great toddler lunch. To make the bruschetta chicken wrap: Spread bruschetta in the center of your flatbread. Top with sliced rotisserie chicken, parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of ranch dressing or tzatziki sauce. Roll the flatbread and dig in! This makes a wonderfully flavourful lunch or light dinner. And the pizza is perfect for your younger crowd of hungry eaters! The best part? At only 35 calories, one medium tomato provides 35% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C and 14% of the DV of beta-carotene. Tomatoes are cholesterol and sodium free. They're a great choice for a healthy lunch ingredient. For more information on California Tomato Farmers' field-grown tomatoes, please visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
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I love to toss chopped tomatoes, basil and olive oil with fresh pasta.
it's cheesy but my favorite recipe for fresh tomatoes are fresh bread, light mayo, cheese and tomato sandwiches
bruschetta is my absolute favorite
I love it when the eggplant is ready to harvest. I make an awesome casserole with fresh eggplant and fresh tomatoes!
I love to use the tomatoes from my garden for salsa and fresh marinara
I love to make a tomato and chilled shrimp salad,
I posted a tweet too: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/368506493655465984
My favorite recipe including tomatoes is Tortellini-and-Tomato Salad, delicious!
I love them on pizza
I love to use tomatoes for bruschetta!
i love green tomatoes with orka
I like to make chicken salad stuffed tomatoes.
I love Caramelized Onion, Green Bean, and Cherry Tomato Tian
I love making goulash with my mom's canned tomatoes!
My favorite recipe to make is my son's Salsa Recipe! Yummy!
my favorite recipe with tomatoes is Margarita pizza
My favorite recipe using tomatoes is my Cinnamon Turkey Chili.
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I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/373171079365148672
I love this recipe and the photos of the munchkin are so adorable.
ratatouille for me!
One of my favorites is different types of crackers topped with cheese, alfalfa sprouts & fresh tomato.
Love bruschetta. On whole wheat french bread toasted with cheese. YUM!
I love making salsa with fresh tomatoes.
a. Eggplant Parmesan
Tomato and spinach pasta-so easy and absolutely delish!
I love to make Tomato & Basil Casserole. 🙂
Never seen a tomato I didn't like! Love the Fried Green ones the best!
I love to use tomatoes from my garden for salsa and tomato soup 🙂
My favorite dish to make with tomatoes has to be one that goes with one of my favorite foods....bacon. A good old bacon and tomato sandwich...easy and tasty.
i love a fresh Bacon lettuce and tomatoe sandwich!
I tweeted here:
Tracy L Davis
I like to make bruschetta.
I like to make Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn, and Green Chiles
I love to make pasta salad with fresh tomatoes
I love to make Macaroni and tomatoes
I love making my mom's spaghetti sauce!
I like to make homemade salsa with tomatoes. i use totamoes, onion, salt, pepper and a can of rotel.
I love tomato, basil, mozzarella ball and olive salad. With a little italian dressing on top!
I love making homemade salsa!
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I really like tomatoes cooked with rice. Simple but awesome!
I love BLT sandwiches!
I like to make salsa.
I love tomatoes in a BLTwith mayo and I get my kids to eat them by adding them to salads
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Salsa is great!
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Homegrown tomatoes are the best! Thanks for the giveaway!
We like to make homemade salsa from our garden with
our tomatoes and onions and green peppers.
I don't know how I can pick one favorite. I love tomatoes stuffed with chicken or tuna salad, freshly made salsa, BLT's and of course, sliced in a salad.